Journal of Geographical Sciences ›› 2015, Vol. 25 ›› Issue (8): 978-990.doi: 10.1007/s11442-015-1214-7

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Study on the synergy between intra-urban resident’s migration and job change in Beijing

Jianhui YU1,2(), Guanpeng DONG3, Wenzhong ZHANG1,2,*(), Jiaming LI1,2   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    2. Key Laboratory of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, CAS, Beijing 100101, China
    3. Sheffield Methods Institute, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Sheffield, Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences (ICOSS), 219 Portobello, Sheffield S1 4DP, UK;
  • Received:2014-01-14 Accepted:2015-03-05 Online:2015-08-15 Published:2015-07-17
  • Contact: Wenzhong ZHANG;
  • About author:

    Author: Yu Jianhui (1983-), PhD, specialized in residential space distribution and its evolution mechanism.

  • Supported by:
    National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.41201169;No.41230632;Key Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.KZZD-EW-06;National Science and Technology Support Program, No.2012BAJ- 15B02


People’s decisions of residential mobility in housing market and decisions of job change in labor market play an essential role in the formation and dynamics of urban spatial structure. This paper investigates the relationship between residential relocation and job change and its heterogeneity using a large-scale survey of residential living satisfaction and preferences in Beijing. Several conclusions are drawn as follows: 1) People’s decisions of residential mobility are significantly positively correlated with their decisions of job change, indicating that these two-dimensional decisions are in fact a correlated decision process rather than two independent decision processes. 2) There is heterogeneity in the correlated decisions of residential mobility and job change. More specifically, the interrelationship between the decisions of residential mobility and job change among people without Beijing hukou, renters and single-worker households is more intensive than people with Beijing hukou, homeowners and multi-worker households. In addition, there is heterogeneity in the determinants of residential relocation and job change between groups with different types of housing tenure, household registration status and family employment structure. 3) For renters, commuting time can significantly increase the probability of residential relocation, which indicates that residents of different socioeconomic attributes have very different responses to commuting time costs.

Key words: residential mobility, job change, bivariate discrete choice models, Beijing